Humbling experiences

Today, I had the honor of going back to my roots. I went to my alma mater, Holy Trinity High School on Long Island,  and spoke with the  junior and senior theatre students about my life as a performer. I explained about my high school and college experiences. I told them about becoming a Rockette, getting my first big National Tour, my Broadway debut, and being in original broadway casts. I spoke not only of the successes but of the let downs and struggles. It was so humbling to reflect on where I have been, and how difficult it has been to get here. Speaking with kids, and being able to educate and (hopefully) inspire them is so incredibly rewarding. I feel good. I feel REALLY good! 1956941_10152637107644499_2944661474478534338_o
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So!!!! As I said, I have been focusing on experimenting with Breakfast. I like to call it “Project Breakfast Branch Out!” Today, I’d like to focus on the super grain:

quinoa

Quinoa is probably my favorite grain. It has a fantastic nutty flavor, it’s super high in protein, and has almost double the fiber as other grains. That’s not all! There are tons of vitamins, minerals and other amazing nutritional benefits. I’ve only ever used quinoa  for dinner, and normally top it with steamed, or roasted veggies of some sort.

If I love it so much for dinner, why can’t I eat it for breakfast? Well, I did, and it was AWESOME….

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Overnight Blueberry Quinoa Cereal

  • 1/2 cup quinoa cooked
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • stevia
  • cinnamon
  • 1/2 fresh fig sliced
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1 TBS pistachios (or nuts of choice)
  • 1/2 TBS Hemp seed hearts
  • optional: Unsweetened coconut flakes

Instructions: In a mason jar, combine all ingredients. Leave in the fridge over night. Enjoy in the morning by re-heating or simply eating them cold!

Note: If you want to, add more milk when you’re ready to eat!

This was such a great breakfast! The blueberry flavor was absorbed by the quinoa making it gorgeously sweet. The texture was fluffy and refreshing. I am absolutely obsessed with this bowl of goodness…and to think I would have never discovered it if I hadn’t “BRANCHED OUT FOR BREAKFAST”!!!!

 

I hope your day was as fantastic as mine was!!!

xoxoSYN

Sunday Morning Pancakes

One of my fondest memories is pancake breakfasts on Sunday mornings. My mom would always make my favorite: Loaded chocolate chip pancakes. Of course these were topped with a whipped cream smily face, and topped with powdered sugar and more chocolate chips. This was my 10-year-old self’s dream breakfast.

…and perhaps it still is…

::Sigh:: to be a kid again.

Well, today is Sunday, which also happens to be my day off. This morning, for some reason, I was craving pancakes and my god did I have pancakes! I have been eyeing a couple of recipes and decided to alter/combine/customize a few to make the recipe my own. I was not disappointed.

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Blueberry Pie Pancakes 

topped with Strawberry banana “Syrup”

  • 1/3 cup Flour (I used gluten-free brown rice flour, but any flour will do)
  • 2 TBS rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice
  • 2 TBS egg whites
  • 3 packets stevia (more or less depending on how sweet you want)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2/3 tsp baking POWDER
  • 1/2 sliced banana

For the syrup

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 3 frozen strawberries

(I think fresh would work too)

To make Pancakes, combine all ingredients and mix well. Pour batter into a pan sprayed with cooking spray. Flip each pancake once.  You should make about 3 pancakes.

Next, blend frozen banana and strawberries until smooth. Transfer to a microwave safe container and microwave for about 30 seconds.  Pour on top of your pancakes and Enjoy!!!

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I topped mine with even MORE berries…

YUMMM 🙂

Happy Sunday!!!

xoxoSYN